Under-23s coach David Wright described his side’s loss to Crystal Palace as ‘disappointing’ after the young Canaries conceded four goals on Monday afternoon.
A hat-trick from Sion Spence and a finish from John-Kymani Gordon gave the Eagles the foundation to take all three points and keep the clean sheet, the Canaries heading home goalless.
Speaking on the loss, Wright said that, despite a host of changes to the side, the young Canaries lacked their usual quality and bravery in a majority of areas on the pitch.
“We had a lot of changes to the team, a lot of new players into the group, so I think to a certain extent we gave the group a bit of leeway in our lack of fluidity when attacking. Sometimes out of possession we got our press wrong, which then enabled them to play through us.
“We didn’t quite get it going today but we can’t use the changes as an excuse, our lack of bravery and quality in possession and the four goals we conceded, maybe the third one was an excellent finish by the lad, but there are always areas where we’re looking to be better. Overall, it was a really disappointing afternoon.”
Although the result was a disappointing one, Wright’s side continued their hard work throughout the entirety of the 90 minutes, digging deep to chase a consolation goal against the Eagles. Touching on this, Wright described that work rate as the methord by which the Canaries can get their best results.
“I think the strength of this group all season is that they will work hard. We speak about that, when the group is at its best, it is when they work with intensity both in and out of possession.
“The moment we come off that, we let ourselves down which affects our performance. It has been a strength of the group, but they need to become really consistent at that individually and collectively."
With the U23s next game against Fulham just four days away, Wright feels as if his side will be looking forward to the shorter turnaround, saying it means they can put things right sooner rather than later.
“I think it’s a good thing, I know from my own experience that when you don’t quite perform in a match, you don’t quite get the levels of performance you’d like, you always want the next game to be just around the corner to put the wrongs right as quickly as possible.
“I’m sure the boys will be really looking forward to Friday and can’t wait for that to come for them to try and get back to what we have been doing and getting our performance levels back up to where I would like them.”